Andy Newton’s got six more flat yards that are in cracking form to look out for this week……
HENRY CANDY (4 winners from his last 12 runners): No luck with their three Royal Ascot runners, but Dinkum Diamond did well to finish third in the Wokingham, while Cape Peron was a fair fifth in the Britannia and Music Master finished in the same position in the Jersey. Dane O’Neill is their main man in the saddle, he’s ridden two of their last 4 winners, with Cathy Gannon and Fergus Sweeney the others. Still only on 10 winners for the season, but they only seem to get around 25 a year, with 32 in 2008 and 2012 their best totals yet. They do well with their runners at Bath, Haydock and Pontefract, plus are 2-from-2 with their Thirsk runners.
Track stats and up-coming entries: Leicester (7 from 49, 14%), Newmarket (7 from 49, 14%), Windsor (7 from 74, 9%), Lingfield (2 from 31, 6%), Salisbury (8 from 68, 12%)
CHARLES HILLS (7 winners from his last 15 runners): Kiyoshi was an impressive winner of the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot last week for the yard, despite drifting across the track and is now a strong fancy for the 1,000 Guineas next season. Since then they’ve followed up with six more wins, while 9 of their last 10 runners have finished third or better. This recent spell puts them on 34 winners for the season and £505k banked as they look to better their 2012 tally of 55 winners and £641k in total prize money. In terms of track stats look out for anything they send north to places like Ayr (his dad, Barry, used to do well there too), Beverley and Thirsk, while they also have a decent strike-rate at Leicester (26%).
Track stats and up-coming entries: Yarmouth (0 from 4), Hamilton (0 from 1), Doncaster (9 from 66, 14%), Newmarket (9 from 89, 10%), Chester (4 from 26, 15%), Windsor (5 from 47, 11%), Salisbury (1 from 18, 6%), Curragh (1 from 1, 100%)
ROGER VARIAN (4 winners from his last 12 runners): Winners last Saturday and Sunday were backed up with another this week on Monday and on that form this yard should be kept on side at present. Jockey Andrea Atzeni is often used the most in the plate these days, while with 31 winners for the season they are ticking along nicely. That said, they fired in 71 successes last season and are, therefore, still a bit of a way off that, but since taking over from Michael Jarvis in 2011 they have maintain an overall strike-rate of round 19%. No Royal Ascot winners this season, but a few ran well, while they were unlucky with the well-fancied Ektihaam slipping up. Of their 31 winners, 22 have been with their 3 year-olds, so take that into account, while they’ve currently had 2 juvenile winners from 8 sent to post.
Track stats and up-coming entries: Leicester (5 from 20, 25%), Doncaster (10 from 39, 26%), Yarmouth (7 from 32, 22%), Newcastle (3 from 9, 33%), Chester (1 from 14, 7%), Curragh (0 from 1), Newmarket (4 from 41, 10%), Newcastle (3 from 9, 33%), Chester (1 from 14, 7%), Windsor (6 from 30, 20%), Curragh, Salisbury (5 from 23, 22%)
JO HUGHES (6 winners from her last 17 runners): Nine of their last 17 runners have in fact finished in the top two, including Glacial Age, who was a fine runner-up over at Chantilly on Monday. Jockey Cathy Gannon gets the leg-up on the bulk of their runners, and fired in a winner for them at Brighton on Tuesday. Also keep an eye out for any money for their runners as their last three to be sent off favourite have all won. With 21 winners they need just 3 more to better last season’s tally, and in terms of track stats look for anything they send to Sandown, Warwick and Southwell (aw). In contrast you might want to avoid their runners at Lingfield (aw) and Kempton (aw) with poor current strike-rates at them both.
Track stats and up-coming entries: Bath, Newcastle (0 from 2), Leicester (0 from 8), Musselburgh (0 from 1), Yarmouth (0 from 10), Newmarket (0 from 3), Windsor (2 from 18, 11%), Ffos Las (0 from 3), Newbury (0 from 6), Chester (1 from 9, 11%)
VIOLET JORDAN (3 winners from her last 6 runners): Ok, so 2 of these 3 recent winners have been with Dorback, and despite being pulled out of a race at Brighton on Tuesday looks a horse that could easily go in again. Their other winner, Decent Fella, dotted up by 5 lenghts at Brighton on Tuesday too and looks a horse to follow again next time out. Yes, they are now on just 10 winners for the season, but that’s already 3 more than 2012, and have banked almost £50k more in total prize money than last season. You will find most of their runners at the four AW tracks, in particular Lingfield, while ALL of their 10 winners this season have been with 4+ year-olds – they’ve actually not had a single runner with a younger horse.
Track stats and up-coming entries: Kempton (3 from 37, 8%), Chester (0 from 2), Curragh (no runners), Salisbury (0 from 1), Uttoxeter (0 from 6)
MICHAEL DODS (4 winners from his last 17 runners): One of the most consistent yards around having sent out between 38 and 49 winners every season for the past seven campaigns. With 21 already in 2013 they are also well on the way to hitting that bracket again too. With 3 juvenile winners from 12 sent to post and 7 of those finishing in the top 4 then they are also doing well with their 2 year-olds this season. 15 of their 21 winners, have, however, been with their older horses. In terms of track stats they look out for any runners they send to Musselburgh as they have a 21% strike-rate at the Scottish venue, while they also do well with their juveniles at Newcastle (7 from 30, 23%)
Track stats and up-coming entries: Yarmouth (0 from 1), Newcastle (33 from 187, 18%), Musselburgh (10 from 48, 21%), Doncaster (7 from 149, 5%)
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